MIRI: In an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle, a pioneering biking marathon is to be held in Miri on March 26.
The “Miri International Century Ride 2017” is said to be the first of its kind in Sarawak.
It is organised by Masterpiece Cycling Club of Miri and Specialised Miri with the support of Sarawak Tourism Ministry, Miri City Council, Royal Malaysia Police, Fire Department and the Cycling Association of Sarawak.
Participants will be cycling a total distance of 120km, starting from Jalan Merpati near the Permaisuri Mall Miri, they will then make their way to Bekenu via the Pan Borneo Coastal Highway.
Participants are to make their way back to the starting point through the slopes of Bukit Song, Lambir Hills National Park.
The event is slated to start at 6am and end at 3pm.
In a briefing held at the Miri City Council on Friday, representatives from the various agencies involved were present to coordinate their plans to ensure that the event would run smoothly.
There were also representatives from the Civil Defence Force, Youth and Sports Ministry, Permaisuri Mall Miri and Imperial Hotel.
Chairman of Miri City Council’s tourism development standing committee, councillor Ernest Goh said numerous roadblocks were expected to be set up around the Permaisuri Mall area.
“The council urges members of the public to plan their commute into the city centre properly on the day of the event,” he said.
The event has already received approximately 400 registrations with participants coming from all over Malaysia, as well as from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, the UK, Australia, Germany and Holland.
This number is expected to increase as the closing date for registration is on March 30.
Taking into account that not all participants are expert riders, Councillor Goh said lorries would be despatched to pick up the remainder of participants who had not crossed the finish line by the cut off time at 1pm.
Members of the public are invited to witness this monumental event as elite riders from all over the world race towards the finish line.
The view along the coastal stretch is very scenic with pristine sandy beaches and quaint seaside villages, while Bukit Song with an approximate gradient of 15% is a 1.5km climb through lush green tropical forest teeming with Bornean wildlife.
For further details on the event visit http://www.specializedmiri.com/miri-international-century-ride-2017/